What they said at the PGA Championship – Final round

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Updated: August 11, 2013

By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor

Rochester, NY (Sports Network) – Jim Furyk has had a tough time holding leads
over the last year or so, but you can’t say that he lost this title as much as
you can say Jason Dufner won it.

Furyk lost all four 54-hole leads he had in 2012, and he lost a late lead in
his Ryder Cup match with Sergio Garcia as well. None of that mattered on this
Sunday, when Dufner went out and took the title away from Furyk.

“Wish I could have put a little heat on him and made him work those last two
holes a little bit harder, let him go bogey, bogey for a two shot win. Wish I
had made a couple pars, at least, and put some heat on him, but wasn’t able to
do it,” Furyk said.

The real turning point was on No. 9, where Furyk made bogey from the middle of
the fairway to fall two back.

“I think when I look back now, obviously nine was a tough bogey. I was dead
center of the fairway after probably what was my best drive of the day and
kind of got a little indecisive in between clubs and didn’t really commit to
that 6-iron and left it short right,” explained Furyk. “Jason was in trouble
and made a great up and down, so where it looked like I could possibly pick up
a stroke, I lost one.”

That swing was the difference on this day.

Here’s what other players said after the final round of The PGA Championship:

– GRAEME MCDOWELL, was one of several players that complimented Oak Hill and
how the PGA set up the golf course: “That’s the way this golf course is. I
think that’s been reflected in the scoring this week. If you do hit it in the
fairway, if you do hit good shots, you can really make a lot of good birdies
here. If you do hit it offline, this golf course is very penal.”

– KEEGAN BRADLEY, 2011 champion commenting on how he’s backed up his first
major championship title: “I feel like I’ve validated that win. Not that I
feel like I needed to, but I feel like my career has steadily been rising. And
you know, I hope to continue to contend in Majors for forever hopefully.”

– Brooks Koepka, who played with Tiger Woods in his PGA Championship start and
his third major appearance: “It was fun. I had a good time. Tiger is a good
dude. Obviously, I didn’t play the way I wanted to, got off to a little bit of
a shaky start. A little bit of adrenaline going. The ball wasn’t finding the
distance as I thought it was, and I don’t know what to say. I hung in there on
the back and that was kind of the main goal on making the turn just to have a
good back nine.”

– RORY MCILROY, last year’s winner finally played some solid golf on Sunday:
“I played the best golf of the week today. I hit some really good drives and
really good iron shots. Didn’t quite putt as well as I did the first three
days, but really, really happy with my game going into the next few weeks.”

– HENRIK STENSON, posted his best finish at the PGA Championship after taking
second at the British Open: “Happy with my performance, I think I kept it
together nicely. Made a bit of a charge, made a good birdie on 13, bit
unlucky, ended up in a divot just short of the green on 14, ended up making
bogey there, and that kind of killed the outside chances I had on the back
nine to make a charge. I didn’t play my best today but I was still hanging in
there.”